The Downside of Technology: Poor Spinal Health
When it comes to technology, most of us are pretty addicted. Whether it is our phones as a constant in our hands, our favorite tablet on our bedside table, or that laptop that goes everywhere with us, technology is unlikely going anywhere in the near future.
Though this much technology certainly has its upside, like magnified learning capabilities, endless information, and the like, this same technology also has a downside. It tends to promote a bit of a sedentary lifestyle, and for many people, it is absolutely killing the health of our spines. Check out these common ways that technology is forcing your spinal health to take a nose dive, and read on to find out what you can do about it.
The first aspect of poor spinal health and technology is definitely the poor posture that we use while on a device. Chances are that you are using your device in a fairly slouched position. Back is likely arched and your neck bent. For me, I’m typically lounging in a comfy chair or on a bed. If not, then my neck is almost permanently in an awkward position. Very rarely do you find someone that sits with near perfect posture while using any sort of technology. This, accumulated over time, leads to extremely poor spinal health.
The second aspect of poor spinal health and technology is the massive amount of time that is spent on a device. If we only used devices for short bursts of time, then the poor posture would be less of an ordeal. Unfortunately, however, that is definitely not the case. We actually spend quite a bit of time on an electronic device of some sort. First thing in the morning, you probably reach for your phone. During the day, you likely spend a large percentage of the day behind a laptop or desktop. At night, you likely have your favorite device right back in hand. When all of this time is added up, it equals a huge percentage of our lives spent in extremely bad posture, which ultimately leads to poor spinal health.
What Can Be Done?
One of the best things that you can do is limit your technology time. In truth, however, we all know that this scenario is unlikely. We love our devices far too much! Another great way to promote spinal health is to get regular chiropractic care. Often times, when we complain of neck or back pain, our problem exists because of a slight misalignment of the vertebrae of the spine. When this misalignment occurs, pain, tension, pressure, and stiffness can occur along with other negative symptoms. In order to reduce these symptoms and potentially prevent them from occurring repeatedly, getting regular chiropractic care should be a part of your regular routine.
Where Can I Get Chiropractic Care?
A great place to get quality chiropractic care is at The Joint...the Chiropractic Place. At The Joint, walk in appointments are accepted daily, and affordable pricing has been set with everyone in mind. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and lead you to a pain free and technology friendly way of life.